EPILOGUE 343 those whose heads the Great Executioner chops off great is the number, many of them from distinguished families, and the lake is dyed red with their blood of iniquity. And, strange to say, in three days the relatives of the distinguished families who have robbed and betrayed the people behave like noble gentlemen, and the people are at last let alone to live in peace and security and the city prospers. So, in my mind, I pictured the Saviour of China. I would believe in a revolution, any revolution, and in a party, any party, that would replace the present government by Face, Fate and Favour by a government by law. These three have made the rule of Justice and the weeding out of official corruption Impossible. The only reason why official corruption remains is that we have never shot the officials, not one of them. We couldn't so long as these three goddesses still remain. The only way to deal with corruption in the officials is just to shoot them. The matter is really as simple as that. And democracy is an easy thing when we can impeach an official for breaking the law with a chance of winning the case. The people do not have to be trained for democracy, they will fall into it. When the officials are democratic enough to appear before a law court and answer an impeachment, the people can be made demo- cratic enough overnight to impeach them. Take off from the people the incubus of official privilege and corruption and the people of China will take care of themselves. For greater than all the other virtues is the virtue of Justice, and this is what China wants. This is my faith and this is my conviction, won from long and weary thoughts. That time will come, but it requires a change of ideology; the family-minded Chinese must be changed into social- minded Chinese, and the pet ideas, age-old, of face, favour and privilege and official success and robbing the nation to glorify the family must be overthrown* The process will be slow and laborious, how slow and laborious the preceding study of the whole mentality and cultural tradition of the race has shown. But that process is already at work, invisible, penetrating the upper and lower social strata, and as inevitable as dawn. For a time yet there will still be ugliness aad^paiii, but after a while there will be calm and beauty and simplicity.